Take a trip to discover Europe’s hidden treasures. They offer tranquil stretches of sand with clear, crystal-clear water and a feeling of peace away from busy crowds. From the stunning beaches of Raudasandur in Iceland to the stunning Butterfly Valley in Turkey, we’ve uncovered seven undiscovered European shores that can ignite your wanderlust.
Limeuil, Dordogne, France
Visit the Dordogne River in Limeuil, France’s Dordogne region
The town’s charming medieval setting is deep inland, around 2.5 hour east of Bordeaux, and is in the region where it is where the Dordogne, as well as the Vezere rivers, meet. Limeuil’s private beach offers an attractive shoreline characterized by sandy shores, pebbly beaches, and old trees providing shade from the sun’s southwestern rays.
As the European Capital of Cave painting, Limeuil’s limestone cliffs are a magnificent testimony to the past’s artistic heritage. Just a 15-minute stroll to the shore, Les BALCONS de L’ESPERANCE hotel has various facilities to enjoy. This includes free bicycles, a seasonally-open swimming pool, and gorgeous gardens where you can participate in leisure activities like Billiards, table tennis, and darts.
Raudasandur, Latrabjarg, Iceland
Enjoy a beautiful sunset over Raudisandur Beach in Iceland’s southern Westfjords.
In the remote region of Iceland’s Westfjords, Raudasandur (also known as the ‘Red Sands Beach’) boasts a vast expanse of golden-red sands that stretch over miles. It is surrounded by imposing mountains and the vast Atlantic Ocean; the shifting shades of the sand, shifting from a vibrant red to warm brown, create an unreal strange landscape.
Beyond its breathtaking splendor, Raudasandur has many things to do for tourists. Trekkers can take thrilling cliffside trails that offer spectacular views from the shore and the surrounding Fjords. You don’t need to be an avid birder to be amazed by the diversity of birdlife, including arctic terns, puffins, and oystercatchers. For those who love horses who love horses, riding on horseback offers an unrivaled view of the stunning beach’s backdrop.
Castiglione, Ravello, Italy
Marvel at the views of The Santa Maria Maddalena Penitent Collegiate Church in Atrani, the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
The stunning cove has a fascinating history that spans more than 150 years. It is proudly part of Ravello, a picturesque village that has been elevated to the status of a city thanks to its magnificent cathedral, a must-see! It is just 3 km from Amalfi, and the superb Castiglione beach lies in plain view. Still, it is revealed in one of the Amalfitana Road’s most famous curves, supposedly designed to accommodate the automobile convertible Fiat Cinquecento.
To fully appreciate its beauty and discover its wonders, climb the imposing staircase of around 160 steps. This journey can be challenging, but it will surely reward you for your effort. You can rent umbrellas and chairs for complete relaxation. Or save a few euros by adhering to the local custom of putting your towel at no cost at the end of each beach. A delightful beach bar serves the option of paninis and desserts, ice cream, as well as refreshing beverages. If you need a brief rest during your ascent, take a breather as you admire the elegant church’s bell tower.
Rodoni, Durres, Albania
Explore this Albanian beach at the Cape of Rodon – the most defining of a treasure hidden away.
A mere hour’s drive from Tirana, The Albanian beach on the Cape of Rodon is the most elusive treasure. Although the road to get there may require an element of adventure along dirt trails that are unkempt and grassy, Once you’re there, you’ll be amazed by the expanse of soft sand and the captivating blue waters. Take a picnic or take a bite of the delicious grilled fish at nearby food restaurants!
If you’re in Durres, Do not overlook the opportunity to go to Durres’ Monastery of St. Anthony, one of the most well-known churches in Albania known for its ancient artifacts. The church also provides stunning views of the sea from its location. Within 3 kilometers is the Saint Michelle Residence, a great spot to relax after a day of fun in the sun.
Kynance Cove, Cornwall, United Kingdom
You’ll be amazed by Kynance’s bizarre combination of craggy towers, sea caves, and tidal islands.
Named for”kownans,” a Cornish term “kownans,” which means “ravine,” Kynance Cove is awe-inspiring for visitors due to its unique combination of rocky stacks as well as tidal islands and sea caves that create an unbeatable sanctuary in the sea.
With its stunning turquoise waters, surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations and magnificent rock outcrops amid the soft touch of white sands, it’s not a surprise to find that the spot is the location of filming for international productions. It has also attracted famous figures like the poet Alfred Tennyson and even royal family members.
Only 500 meters from the Lizard peninsula and Kynance Cove, Parc An Castle Cottage radiates a unique, storybook-like atmosphere. With its beautiful exposed beams and stunning sea views, this lovely getaway invites you and three others to spend time in the tranquil surroundings.
Butterfly Valley, Fethiye, Turkey
Take a hike or go by boat to discover Butterfly Valley
In the middle of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, Butterfly Valley is a secluded location accessible via boat or hiking. The valley’s beauty, which is unspoiled and cascading waterfalls, and lush vegetation, make it an ideal destination for those looking for peace and tranquility and natural wonders.
Please look at one of the more than 100 butterflies from where the valley takes its name. Or, for the most memorable Butterfly Valley experience, take the Blue Cave, Butterfly Valley, and Saint Nicholas boat tour that takes you on a journey through the islands and bays of Oludeniz.
The boat tour will begin with a trip to Blue Cave. Blue Cave is a natural blue grotto with clear blue waters to enjoy unwinding and swimming. You’ll finish the tour by boarding at Saint Nicholas Island to view the remains of a 4th-century church. As part of the package, you can enjoy the lunch menu of grilling foods served on the boat.
Divna Beach, Donja Vrucica, Croatia
Get a taste of the Caribbean when visiting Divna Beach.
Divna Beach feels like you’ve been transported to the Caribbean with its turquoise-hued water and fine white sand. Divna is a word that means ‘beautiful’ in Croatian, and this gorgeous pure beach does live up to its name. The beach is situated 10 km away from Trpanj. The beach is warm and has shallow waters, which makes it an ideal choice for families with children or people who aren’t experienced, swimmers.
Natural, unspoiled forests surround the beach; this beach is a delight for guests with easy access to a close parking area, as well as access to bathroom facilities on the premises and a bar and restaurant. You can stay close to Apartmani Marina. It’s just 1.3 kilometers away, and during summertime (around eight at), local bakers from the nearby town Orebic are often seen passing by, selling a vast assortment of tasty baked goods to eat for breakfast. A perfect way to start your beach day!